Psalm 64

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    When I to thee my prayer make,
       Lord, to my voice give ear;
     My life save from the enemy,
       of whom I stand in fear.
2    Me from their secret counsel hide
       who do live wickedly;
     From insurrection of those men
       that work iniquity:

3    Who do their tongues with malice whet,
       and make them cut like swords;
     In whose bent bows are arrows set,
       ev'n sharp and bitter words:
4    That they may at the perfect man
       in secret aim their shot;
     Yea, suddenly they dare at him
       to shoot, and fear it not.

5    In ill encourage they themselves,
       and their snares close do lay:
     Together conference they have;
       Who shall them see? they say.
6    They have search'd out iniquities,
       a perfect search they keep:
     Of each of them the inward thought,
       and very heart, is deep.

7    God shall an arrow shoot at them,
       and wound them suddenly:
8    So their own tongue shall them confound;
       all who them see shall fly.
9    And on all men a fear shall fall,
       God's works they shall declare;
     For they shall wisely notice take
       what these his doings are.

10   In God the righteous shall rejoice,
       and trust upon his might;
     Yea, they shall greatly glory all
       in heart that are upright.

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